Elégance Saumur Blanc – 2020

Region: France - Loire


Six miles south of the city of Saumur in the Loire Valley lies the Saint-Cyr en Bourg, home of the Duveau family. Since 1835, six generations of the family have farmed vineyards and made wine at Domaine de la Guilloterie. Today, the father and son Patrice and Rémi Duveau’s carry on the family legacy.

The 135.90 acre (55 hectare) estate is nestled in the appellation of Saumur Champigny, named after the village of Champigny. Situated just south of the Loire River, Saumur Champigny is technically part of the province of Anjou, however the wines are more akin to the adjoining province of Touraine to the east. Chenin Blanc was the traditional grape of the region planted on the calcareous rocky soils known as “TUFFEAU.” Chenin Blanc was prone to chlorosis, a condition in which leaves produce insufficient chlorophyll, so in the 1990’s, Cabernet Franc was widely planted. Now Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc are the primary grape varieties of the region where dry and sweet versions of Chenin abound along with bountiful quantities of Crémant from the same grape. Reds and rosés are made from Cabernet Franc.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Estate vineyard plots owned for 6 generations by the Duveau family in Brézé, south of the Loire river.

  • Soils: Limestone-clay, with a chalky subsoil called “Tuffeau,” rocky with some flint content
  • Vineyard area: 2 ha / 4.82 acres
  • Vine age: 20 – 40 years
  • Vine Training System: Simple Guyot
  • 100% native grass cover to promote healthy soils
  • Selective leaf removal
  • Vineyard certified Sustainable HEV 3 – high environmental value, higher level certification attained in 2020
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested beginning 9/14/2020
  • Careful berry selection on the sorting table
  • No sulfur added
  • Cold soak and pressing with oxygenation
  • Fermented in stainless steel temperature controlled tanks at 59ºF
  • Aged on lees for a few months in small stainless steel tanks
  • Bottled unfined and unfiltered
Winemaker's Notes

Fully delivers the brilliant ripeness of the superb 2020 vintage for Chenin Blanc. Matching fruitiness and acidity shine on this vibrant white Saumur! Nose with pear, citrus, beeswax notes and hints of  flint and mineral. The palate is deep and very rich, all balanced with great acidity. Balance…this is 2020.

Pairs beautifully with sea scallops.

Wine Summary

100% Chenin Blanc; alcohol: 14.5%; vineyards in Brézé, south of the Loire river; 20 – 40 year old vines planted in limestone-clay, with a chalky subsoil called “Tuffeau,” rocky with some flint; vineyard sustainably certified HEV level 3; hand harvested in mid-September with careful berry selection on sorting table; no sulfites added; cold soak and press; fermentation at 59ºF in small, temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks; aged a few months on lees in tank; bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Technical Information
  • 100% Chenin Blanc
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Sustainable Agriculture HVE 3 Certified – farm certified having high environmental value

General Info

Country France
Region Loire Valley
Appellation(s) Saumur, Saumur-Champigny
Proprietors Patrice and Philippe Duveau
Founded 1835
Winemaker Patrice and Philippe Duveau
Annual Production 4,500 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable